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The King County Council is seeking approval of Proposition No. 1, which would provide funding for local parks, open spaces, trails, recreation, public pools, zoo operations, and an aquarium capital project. Renewing and replacing the County Parks levy is crucial for protecting thousands of acres of forest, investing in parks of all sizes, and expanding access to recreation and learning for underserved communities.
All children in King County deserve fun and safe places to play, and preserving our open spaces now will help combat climate change as well as protect air and water quality for generations to come. Proposition No. 1: Parks for All will cost the average homeowner less than $8 per month and will ensure King County's parks and other open spaces will continue to thrive. Vote yes on Proposition No. 1.
There are several good progressives in this race, including Preeti Shridhar, Sam Cho, Dominic Barrera, and Grant Degginger. Shridhar and Cho have earned the most support from our progressive partners.
Preeti Shridhar is a devoted environmental advocate who would bring decades of public affairs experience to the Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. Shridhar has worked in a variety of relevant government positions throughout King County and is passionate about ensuring that the interests of all King County communities are represented. She helped launch the City of Seattle’s Climate Protection Initiative and worked to improve relations between immigrant communities and the City of Renton, where she now works. Shridhar is focused on building regional partnerships and creating good jobs at the port while protecting the environment.
Sam Cho, the co-founder of an international export company, is now running for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. He served on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and previously worked on trade issues for a member of Congress. As the son of South Korean immigrants, Cho is running to make the Port of Seattle work better for all people in King County, from reducing congestion at SeaTac Airport to supporting low-income families south of the airport who are impacted by noise and air pollution. He also wants to use the port as an economic engine to create opportunities for the county’s rapidly growing population.
Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running to retain his seat on the Seattle Port Commission to continue fighting climate change and increasing the port's green energy jobs. He has been a leader on the commission in protecting orcas, publicly opposing the dangerous Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and promoting transparency at the port while advocating for well-paying jobs. The port faced criticism following the Trump Muslim Ban when some protesters on the light rail were forced to skip the airport station. However, Felleman was among numerous leaders who released a statement condemning the ban and calling for an evaluation of the numerous government agencies’ response at the airport.
Felleman is being challenged by Garth Jacobson and Jordan Lemmon. Attorney Jacobson's priorities include pausing cruise line terminal growth until pollution cleanup efforts are further along, finding a way to eliminate the bus shuttles from the car rental facility, and installing availability lights in the airport parking structure. Lemmon is a theatre supervisor who was inspired to run to encourage voting and is using his campaign to engage the voter base prior to the 2020 election. He has no detailed campaign information available.
Felleman is the best choice for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 5.
Appointed to the city council in 2018 to replace Tina Buddell, Marli Larimer is running with a focus on economic development, public safety, and affordable housing. She is a senior content editor at Amazon with an extensive history of volunteering in community councils, local PTAs, and other organizations. She also serves on the King County Affordable Housing Committee as well as the King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disabilities Services. Unfortunately, Larimer hired Bailey Stober, the former King County Democrats chair who resigned after being accused of harassment, to work on her campaign.
Larimer is facing Todd Minor and Elizabeth T. Peang. Minor is a member of Kent's Police Diversity Task Force and a commissioner on the city's Parks and Recreation Commission. He is running on a platform of public safety, fiscal and environmental stewardship, and service, though he does not have detailed information available for those goals. Peang, who also ran for Kent City Council in 2017, is a social worker running to make sure that citizens have a voice in City Hall. She has also worked in behavioral health, affordable care enrollment, and housing advocacy for families, though she also does not have detailed campaign information available.
Larimer's support from local progressive organizations makes her the best choice in this race.
There are two good candidates in this race: Sara Franklin and Hira Singh Bhullar. Franklin has earned more support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.
Sara Franklin volunteers with numerous organizations around the city, including the Diversity Task Force, and serves on the boards of Kent Cultural Communities and the Greater Kent Historical Society. As an employee of the King County Assessor's office, Franklin works with senior citizens and disabled veterans and wants to increase affordability in the city. Her campaign pledges to improve access to well-paying jobs, provide safe neighborhoods, and expand and improve the police department.
Hira Singh Bhullar is a senior software developer for Starbucks who is running on a progressive platform. Bhullar is a board member of several nonprofits, including Kent Youth and Family Services, the Khalsa Gurmat Center, the Kent Schools Foundation, and the Kent YMCA. His campaign is centered on job creation that supports families, improving transportation, creative revenue generation, and transparency in city government. As an immigrant himself, Bhullar is a leader in the Sikh community and supports immigration reform and embracing diversity in the community. He wants to work on more funding for the police department as well as solutions to issues of traffic and congestion.
Bhullar and Franklin are facing off against 16-year incumbent Les Thomas, who has missed time on the council recently for serious health reasons. A former Republican and independent candidate in the early 2000s, Thomas is a more moderate voice on the council.
Awale Farah is currently pursuing a master's degree in Innovative Leadership from Saybrook University. Farah's campaign is focused on increasing access to public transportation, affordable housing, and more well-paid jobs for families. As a passionate learner about food security and access to healthy foods in Kent, he has served as a volunteer at the Living Well Kent greenhouse and the Kent Farmer’s Market.
Farah is running against Barry Fudenski, Ron Johnson, and Zandria Michaud. Fudenski is an Air Force veteran who states that he wants to address public transportation to Seattle and Tacoma, support homeless and veteran assistance programs, and address fair taxation, but he has few platform details available about how he would tackle these issues. Johnson is an information security professional who is focusing on increasing community involvement and managing a prioritized budget, but his campaign also lacks details. Michaud is a student at UW Tacoma, a U.S. Army veteran, a park steward for Green Kent, and a member of the Kent Parks and Recreation Commission. Michaud, along with Bhullar and Larimer, was among 8 candidates shortlisted from a pool of 36 candidates for the vacancy in Position 1 in 2018 after Tina Budell's departure from the city council. Michaud would seek funding for funding additional police officers and sustainable parks funding.
Farah is the best choice for Kent City Council, Position 7 because of his broad endorsements by local progressive organizations.